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Association of Children’s Museum’s “Going Wild” Project Connects Children’s Play to Learning in Nature.

Going Wild, a project of ACM's Good to Grow! health initiative, connects children's play to learning in natural outdoor spaces. The 2012 Going Wild Pilot Program Grants are supported by The Trustees' Philanthropy Fund of Fidelity Charitable. In Summer 2012, ACM issued a RFP to open U.S. children's museum ACM members. All applicants were asked to submit a grant proposal detailing plans to bring sustainable informal learning environments developed in harmony with local ecosystems that will transform communities and inspire new models for outdoor learning in children’s museums. Grant requests up to $75, 000, with the understanding that all grants must be leveraged 1:1 by an outside resource, were accepted. In Fall 2012, ACM announced the selected Going Wild pilot site museums. Hands On Children’s Museum (Olympia, WA) is set to open its main space November 2012. The museum will use its $65,000 grant to complete the seamless learning through play transition from indoors to outdoors, including a “Driftwood Fort” exhibit, to be set on the shores of Puget Sound. Within the city of Topeka's treasured Gage Park is the Kansas Children's Discovery Center. Using its $65,000 Going Wild grant, the museum will realize its Phase II Outdoor Environment with a “Streams, Dreams and Other Things Water Play” area as well as a series of berm tunnels, a Monarch Watch site and a Native Kansas Medicinal Plants Garden and more. Located in a dense urban environment, M…
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